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Sylvester Stallone teams up with DAZN to produce 'One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz'

Sylvester Stallone teams up with DAZN to produce 'One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz'(Getty Images)
The legendary actor who infamously portrayed Rocky Balboa is partnering up with DAZN ahead of the highly anticipated heavyweight title rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua.

Sports fans will be able to get a look at what happened that led to Andy Ruiz Jr. upsetting Anthony Joshua on June 1 to win the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles at Madison Square, as DAZN is partnering with Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions to air a documentary series called One Night, which will be a group of films looking back at indelible nights in recent boxing history.

The episode premieres on DAZN and the DAZN YouTube channel on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in lieu of their Dec. 7 rematch in Saudi Arabia, live and exclusively on the global streaming service. 

”My Hollywood script came to life that historic June night when unknown boxer Andy Ruiz achieved a victory that shocked the world. It was the real-life Rocky and the perfect story to kick off our partnership with DAZN,” Stallone said. “There is nothing like the world of Boxing…the drama, the humanity, the agony, and the ecstasy. This sport reveals the souls of these courageous warriors like no other sport can so it’s a privilege to be very involved with DAZN and their revolutionary programming.”

The documentary will focus on how Ruiz got the fight with Joshua to begin with that ultimately resulted in the seventh-round TKO and Ruiz becoming the first person of Mexican descent to become the heavyweight champion of the world. The story will be told by all the parties which were involved and will be premiering in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 with a broader release a day later.

“Everything we do at Balboa begins with great storytelling that is deeply rooted in the human condition, and there’s nothing quite like boxing that captures that,” said Kourosh Taj, Head of Unscripted Development for Balboa Productions. “What is so exciting about our partnership with DAZN is that it enables us to collaborate with smart, like-minded creatives and share these amazing stories with their dedicated viewers; and our first project together, ONE NIGHT, is the perfect story to help fulfill Balboa’s mission of giving a voice to all underdogs.”